U.S. to Celebrate World Standards Day on Oct. 3; Kitty Pilarz to be Honored with Standards Leadership Award

World Standards DayMarch 21, 2013 | Leaders of industry, government, NGOs and academia will gather in Washington, D.C on Oct. 3, 2013, in celebration of World Standards Day, honoring global efforts to establish voluntary technical agreements as international standards.

The event, annually co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and this year administrated by the Toy Industry Association, will focus on how standards assure quality, consistency and dependability in products designed for a world at work and play. From farm to table, manufacturer to retailer, and workplace to home, standards provide confidence for consumers, businesses and governments alike.

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day will kick off with a reception and exhibition highlighting standardization activities across more than 20 industry sectors, followed by a dinner and ceremony. During the evening, the toy industry’s Catherine (Kitty) Pilarz will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership award. The accolade, named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting standardization as a way of eliminating global barriers to trade.

Kitty PilarzAs senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price product safety, Pilarz has made outstanding contributions to the development and promulgation of standards to ensure that the toys millions of children play with every day are safe. At Mattel/Fisher-Price, Pilarz develops in-house safety standards and policy, and sees to it that all company products conform to corporate safety requirements. She is also the immediate past chairman of the Board of Directors of ASTM International, a multi-stakeholder organization representing 33,000 members, 140 committees and 100 industry sectors ranging from petroleum to toy, and currently serves on several subcommittees. Over the years Pilarz has led various standards efforts to address children’s product safety, as chair of the ASTM Committee on Consumer products; member of the JPMA Certification Committee for juvenile products; chair of a task group addressing emerging hazards under the ASTM Toy Safety Committee; and as a champion for the safety of durable infant goods.  

The winner of the World Standards Day Paper Competition, which calls for original papers addressing this year’s theme, “Standards for a World at Work and Play,” will also be announced during the evening’s festivities. The winning author will receive $2,500 and be published in the Standards Engineering journal; second and third place winners receive $1,000 and $500 respectively. More information about the competition, including guidelines and deadlines, can be found here

The event will be held at The Fairmont Washington hotel from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. Advance registration is required.
For more information, visit the World Standards Day website or contact TIA’s Joan Lawrence, Autumn Moore or Stacy Leistner.